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A Springtime Return For The Big M 50/50

A first for St. Michael’s College School (SMCS) was launched in November 2022 with the unveiling of the Big M 50/50 raffle. Now, thanks to a successful debut, it’s back!

Tasked with goal of raising money for the school’s Financial Assistance Programme, the new raffle — which raised over $17,000 in the fall — is set to resume for the month of April. Joining the already well-established tuition lottery under the Big M umbrella, the 50/50 raffle is another way the Advancement Department continues to engage the loyal SMCS community.

SMCS Big M 50/50 Raffle | Ralph Montemurro holding cheque

“Our commitment to diversify our fundraising efforts has allowed the school to continue offering $2 million in financial assistance to students,” says Kimberley Bailey, Director of Advancement. “The 50/50 raffle is a simple win-win for our community and our students. The support we’ve received illustrates the generosity of our constituents and the collective commitment we all have to our mission.”

The winner of the inaugural 50/50 is a gentleman that wears many hats within the SMCS community. Ralph Montemurro ’91 is a longtime supporter and donor, current parent, alumni parent, and a graduate.

“I was totally surprised! I do not usually win prizes. What a wonderful way to support future SMCS students and potentially win,” shares Montemurro. “I love supporting the SMCS community, the fact that the money collected goes toward helping boys attend the school is something I strongly support and want to contribute to.”

“By supporting school initiatives, it helps me to get involved in this great community, as SMCS is an excellent place for boys to grow in ‘goodness, discipline, and knowledge,’” he says.

SMCS Big M 50/50 Raffle logo

The Montemurro family’s connection to the school dates back to the 1970s. “I graduated from St. Mike’s, along with my three brothers and several other nephews and cousins, and my two sons have also attended (one is already an alumnus and the other is graduating in June 2023),” adds Montemurro. “The SMCS community has continued to be a big part of my family because we believe in what the school aims to achieve: graduating young men of great character, knowledge, and faith.”

“I am so grateful for the influence St. Mike’s has had on me,” says Montemurro. “Through caring priests like Fr. Zinger, CSB, OSM, amazing coaches, rigorous academics, and an incredible sense of brotherhood, St. Mike’s made an enormous impact on me. I was constantly taught to work hard and to have integrity and honesty. As a business owner, husband, and father, these traits guide me daily.”

The Big M 50/50 returns twice more this academic year – running from April 1 to May 1, and again from June 1 to June 30. Early bird draws will also be held throughout the raffle periods.

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